Ministry Of Mars

FRESH: ‘Recognise’ – Ministry Of Mars

British born brothers Ministry Of Mars release “Recognise”.

by Christopher Smith

Ministry Of Mars are an indie pop/synth-pop electronic music duo, consisting of brothers Alistair and Jon Marsden. The siblings grew up in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, for their early childhood and in 2008 moved to Brisbane, Queensland, where they now currently live.

Their debut single “Breaking Me” was released in November 2018 which has achieved great success in such a short time. On Spotify alone, “Breaking Me” has been added to over 500 playlists and accumulated over 50,000 streams within two months of the release and still rising.

Their follow up second single “Recognise”, was written and produced at Abbey Road Studios in London when the brothers were on a overseas trip in January 2019, writing music in the UK and Asia. The boys are perfecting their debut live show to follow after the release of “Recognise” for the middle of 2019.

Both Alistair and Jon have achieved solo success in the music industry leading up to forming the Ministry of Mars project. Alistair won a Queensland Music Award in 2015 for his song writing and production. In 2013, he took second place in Perth’s Into The Limelite DJ Competition in the lead up to Stereosonic Music Festival. Alistair has played at numerous venues, clubs and festivals across Brisbane as a DJ and live electronic music act.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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